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Morcheeba - Fragments of Freedom (2000) Japan Edition

30-10-2015, 09:15
R&B | Electronic | Downtempo | Trip-Hop | FLAC / APE

Morcheeba - Fragments of Freedom (2000) Japan Edition

Artist: Morcheeba
Title Of Album: Fragments of Freedom
Year Of Release: 2000
Label: China / WEA
Genre: Trip-Hop, Electronic, R'n'B
Quality: FLAC | Image (Cue&Log)
Total Time: 00:49:33
Total Size: 436 mb

Fragments of Freedom is Morcheeba's third album. It was released in 2000. The album proved to have been one of their most successful albums in terms of chart sales however critical reception was not as welcoming as with other Morcheeba albums. Mostly due to the drastic change in sound. As Morcheeba did away with much of their roots which was their trip-hop sound and in return developed a pop sound.

Even though Morcheeba were one of the later, straggling entries in the trip-hop phenomenon, their previous albums succeed because of the interplay between Skye Edwards' sweetly sensual, airy voice and the band's correspondingly mellow grooves. Unfortunately, their third album, Fragments of Freedom, scraps most of their signature sound for half-baked experiments in R&B, acid jazz, and hip-hop. Though it's certainly understandable that the group would want to move away from the dead-and-buried trip-hop sound that defined them originally, it seems that Morcheeba are just using bands like Brand New Heavies and M People as sonic templates instead of Tricky and Portishead. The bland, overly slick production softens any impact that soulless soul songs such as "Rome Wasn't Built in a Day" and "Love Is Rare" might have had, and while Edwards may be blessed with a soulful voice, she's unconvincing belting out pseudo-sultry lyrics like "Is that a rocket in your pocket?" The group's misguided forays into hip-hop are even worse; Mr. Complex's guest rap on "Love Sweet Love" sounds like it was surgically grafted from another track entirely, and while Bahamadia's appearance on "Good Girl Down"'s celebration of sisterhood makes more sense, it still sounds out of place with Edwards' essentially refined, delicate style. Not every song on Fragments of Freedom is ill conceived, however; the opening track, "World Looking In," ranks among their finest, and the steel drum instrumental "A Well Deserved Break" is pretty and refreshing. Despite its annoying, overpowering synth bass, "Shallow End" boasts a lilting, seductive melody that showcases Edwards' voice instead of fighting against it, and the title track is a pleasant enough piece of trip-hop pastiche. But for the most part, Fragments of Freedom's contrived attempts to bring the funk to Morcheeba's sound are as fake and painful as a forced smile.


01. World Looking In - 04:07
02. Rome Wasn't Built in a Day - 03:35
03. Love is Rare - 04:04
04. Let it Go - 04:43
05. A Well Deserved Break - 02:13
06. Love Sweet Love (feat. Mr Complex) - 03:59
07. In the Hands of the Godz (feat. Biz Markie) - 01:42
08. Shallow End - 03:53
09. Be Yourself - 03:16
10. Coming Down Gently - 04:20
11. Good Girl Down (feat. Bahamadia) - 03:27
12. Fragments of Freedom - 05:08
13. Frogmarched to Freedom - 05:01 (bonus track)

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